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Loose Thread on the Silk Road
Loose Thread on the Silk Road
We parked the mule on the Euphrates and took a hire car to Edessa: A famous pilgrimage town in Mesopotamia. Founded by Assyrians. Traded at the point of a sword among the Greeks, Nabateans, Romans, Sassanids, Byzantines, Arabs, Armenians, Seljuks, Crusaders, and Seljuks again…

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A Journey Through Time

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and National Geographic Fellow Paul Salopek is retracing on foot the global migration of our ancestors in a 21,000-mile, seven-year odyssey that begins in Ethiopia and ends in Tierra del Fuego. This site houses our experimental journalism, cartography and educational initiatives. For the walk’s storytelling, please visit outofedenwalk.nationalgeographic.com.

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Dispatches from the Field
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